Taylor smiled. "Guess that's it for now." Then she heard it - the whoosh-thump. The sounds of a heart's chambers. She tossed Coach a visual. Their gazes met and she knew. He'd heard it too.
"Do you think buildings have a soul, Taylor?" He jutted out his square chin where a soft dusting of white whiskers caught the light.
"A soul?" she said, raising her gaze to the ceiling. "I reckon not. Only humans have souls. But I suppose an old building just might have a heart." She tossed it out there waiting for him to respond, to confess he head it too.
He nodded and turned for the door. "You ready? I'll lock her up."
In the yard, Taylor bid Coach a good day and climbed behind the wheel of the Lincoln.
Coach could not, must not sell this place. Because Taylor innately understood any change of hands would end a dream that somehow still yearned to live. And the key of that dream was buried in the heart of one sweet old coach.
Book: The Wedding Chapel by Rachel Hauck, Zondervan, 2015
Target Audience: Women 19+
Subjects: Faith, Hope, Love
Summary: Do dreams ever really die? Two couples, two generations, both dreaming of love. Neither is sure they have found it or ever will find it. Jack and Taylor married six months ago. What were they thinking? Neither one knows much about love or marriage. Jack was a foster care kid, shifted from home to home. Taylor’s sister just got a divorce. The inability to hang on to a marriage seems to run in her family. Yet they married, but maybe not wisely. “Coach” Jimmy Westbrook built a monument to love sixty years ago. It was a beautiful wedding chapel for the woman he wanted to make his bride. The war came and a deceiver successfully tore them apart. Now the time has come to consider letting the dream die once and for all. He’s old and someone wants to pay him good money to buy his property. Maybe he should just be done with it once and for all. But in that chapel beats a steady heartbeat, reminding all who hear that maybe dreams don’t have to die. Maybe Someone is great enough to restore and heal what has been broken. Maybe love really can come, even to those who aren’t sure they believe.
Notes: The Wedding Chapel is a bit of a change for author, Rachel Hauck. It’s not as light-hearted as her previous books. This one almost seems depressing in the beginning as she paints a vivid picture of how hopeless all of the characters are. Every single one of the four main characters has nearly given up all hope of finding real, lasting love. They are also letting their faith in God fall by the wayside as well, not sure how much to believe in that love. But slowly, bit by bit she brings hints of hope into the character’s lives, ending with the characters finding faith and hope and believing in love again. My favorite scene is when one of Jack’s foster father’s explains just how loved Jack truly is and was – both by his foster parents and his Heavenly Father. It’s a moment of the truth being revealed and the way the author uses the foster father to reveal the truth is beautifully done. I highly recommend this story, especially for anyone who was struggled with doubting that real, genuine love can come to them, or even exists at all.
Spiritual Content Recommendation Scale: 5/5
1 Corinthians 13:13 - Now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.